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Women Seen Living Retirement in Poverty at Higher Rates Than Men

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Women age 65 and older live in poverty at higher rates than men even as more of them participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office study.

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New law gives US companies a break on pensions

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A new law will let companies contribute billions of dollars less to their workers' pension funds, raising concerns about weakening the plans that millions of Americans count on for retirement.

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Pension legislation winner: Uncle Sam

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As executives at corporate defined benefit plans figure out whether they gained more than they lost in pension legislation approved by Congress June 29, one clear winner emerges: Uncle Sam.

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Pension legislation does not go far enough: PBGC director

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Legislation that will sharply increase premiums that employers with defined benefit pension plans pay the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. didn't go far enough, PBGC Director Joshua Gotbaum says.

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Congressional Majority Agrees to Undermine Pensions

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Congress finally passed bills last week spending money on two things Republicans and Democrats had been saying for months they wanted to spend money on: keeping interest rates low on Stafford loans for college students, and building more transportation infrastructure. What held these policies up was a dispute over how to pay for them.

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Highway bill includes good news and bad news -- for pensions?

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Today, Congress passed H.R. 4348, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which, among other things, re-authorized funding for the nation's highways and extended the current low interest rate on student loans. Why is the Pension Rights Center following this bill?

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Expected Final Rules ‘Meaningfully’ Altered From 2010 Proposed Hybrid Rules, Iwry Says

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The Treasury Department will soon release final rules on cash balance and pension equity plans that will be significantly different from the proposed rules, a senior Treasury official said April 23 at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce briefing.

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On Defined Contribution Plans, U.S. Should Follow Other Countries: Report

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This week U.S. defined contribution plan sponsors received a startling piece of news: At least four countries outside the U.S have better fee disclosure practices than those in the U.S. The report, issued by the General Accounting Office in March, reviewed best practices in hopes of enlightening U.S. retirement plan providers and regulators.

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Safeguard Your Pension Benefits in Retirement

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The Pension Counseling and Information Projects are mentioned in this Morningstar column, which offers advice on protecting your pension benefits.

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The 401(k): Americans ‘just not prepared’ to manage their own retirement funds

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When lawmakers added a subsection to the tax code called the 401(k) more than three decades ago, they could not have imagined that this string of three numbers and a letter would become a fixture in the financial lexicon.

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